From Cocktails To Facials: What To Do With Leftover Mangoes

Pools are teeming with sunburned bodies, the thermostat in your car is at a permanent 93 degrees, and a sense of lazy relaxation permanently fills the afternoon air. Can you guess what time of the year it is? In Miami, it's mango season.
Consider them the ultimate super fruit — equally beneficial for your diet, your complexion, and your mane. Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, mangoes fight blemishes, brighten and hydrate your skin, prevent wrinkles, soften and defrizz your hair, support healthy eyes and bone growth, and even contain trytophan, the precursor to the happiness hormone. About the only thing mangoes don’t do is make their own delicious dishes. Since these exotic fruits are more accessible than taxi cabs in this city, we must admit: We’re getting a little bored of eating them au natural.
Yet, we've got hordes of 'em, and since they’re too much of a killer fruit to let go to waste, we’ve compiled six different things for you to do with your excess mangoes, from skin treatments and hair masks to tasty recipes and smoothies. That’s right, we’ve become mad about mangoes, and by the end of this slideshow you’ll be just about as mad as we are about them, too.
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Mandarin Oriental
Mango Body Scrub by Lissette Ochoa, spa training manager at the Mandarin Oriental

1 ripe mango
1 teaspoon honey
1 egg white
1 cup brown sugar

In a bowl, mash the mangoes together as you would mash potatoes. In another bowl, whisk the egg white until it foams and add to the mangoes. Pour the honey, and mix all the ingredients vigorously with a whisk. Apply to face and neck for 30 minutes and remove with cool water.

Why It’s Awesome:
The scrub is filled with vitamins A and C, which aid in the production of collagen. The scrub also contains protein found in egg white, which instantly nourishes and tightens your skin.

Photo: Courtesy of Alberto Jean Pierre Salazar
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The Standard Hotel
The Standard Mango Smoothie

2 mangoes
½ cup pineapple
1 tablespoon ginger root

Blend in blender or VitaMixer. Pour into a glass.

Why It’s Awesome:
The Vitamin A in the mangoes supports healthy eyes and proper bone growth, and the fiber in the fruit will keep you filled. In addition, the smoothie contains plenty of potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous — important nutrients to add to your diet. Drinking this shake regularly will soften your skin and help it shine!

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Whole Foods Market
Jicama Mango Shrimp Salad by Brian Collaro, chef and regional prepared foods coordinator at Whole Foods Market

1 pound cooked shrimp
1 large mango, cut into 3-inch sticks
1 small cucumber cut into 3-inch sticks
½ large jicama cut into 3-inch sticks
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ginger, minced
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 pinch salt
1 pinch crushed red pepper

In a large bowl, add the mango, jicama, cucumber, shrimp, and cilantro. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, garlic, ginger, red pepper, and salt. Pour over the salad and mix well.

Why It's Awesome:
Two super foods in one! You get your jicama helping, along with your mango treat!

Photo: Courtesy of Brian Collaro/Whole Foods
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Bar Lab
The Royal Batida, by Gabe Orta, bartender at Bar Lab

2 ounces Atlantico Rum
1 ounce Mandarine Napoléon
5 to 6 chunks of fresh mango
1/2 ounce mango nectar
2 mint leaves
1/2 ounce coconut syrup
Garnish: mint sprig/mango slice

Add all ingredients into a blender, then add ice and blend. Serve into a highball glass and garnish.

Why It's Awesome:
When in doubt, put alcohol in it. Not only is this a helping of fruit, but a cocktail, as well.

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Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne
Mango Face Mask from Maritza Ramos, aesthetician at the Ritz Carlton

Mango Face Mask Recipe:
½ cup mango pulp
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1 spoon
1 fork

Use spoon to remove the pulp from the mango into a bowl. Add the honey and yogurt to make the paste. Mix it all together with a fork. Spread it onto freshly clean skin, avoiding the eye area and leave for 15-20 minutes. Remove with cold water.

Why It’s Awesome:
It’s a great healing mask that helps prevent wrinkles. It’s perfect for hydrating your skin after a day in the sun.

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Fairchild Tropical Gardens
Mango Salsa from the International Mango Festival

2 large mangoes, diced
1 inch piece ginger, grated
½ cup cilantro
½ large purple onion
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely diced
1 dash salt
Lime juice to taste

Combine all ingredients. Serve with corn chips.

Why It's Awesome:
Um, salty, spicy, and sweet, together at last. Yeah, we're drooling, too.

Photo: Courtesy of Fairchild Gardens